The Unsettling Alternate Ending of PET SEMATARY


Stephen King’s Pet Sematary modern remake was decent. I liked it, but I still like the original movie better, it was classic. I loved the book as well which I loved reading as a kid and it was the first book which scares the living crap out of me.

There were two separate endings that were shot for this new adaptation of the movie. The theatrical ending stars Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) following his evil resurrected zombie daughter Ellie (Jeté Laurence) as she drags her dying mother Rachel (Amy Seimetz) to the ancient cursed ground where she buries her. It’s there that Rachel comes back to life and kills her husband while he is fighting Ellie. It concludes with an undead Louis, Rachel, and Ellie approaching Gage who is waiting inside of a car.

This alternate ending is very different in tone and is actually a bit more sinister and sad. It features Rachel being buried in the cursed ground while she is still alive! You can watch a clip of it below thanks to EW:

The directors of the movie, Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, loved both conclusions, but this was this original one that was in the script. They revealed that they liked this one so much because it was the sadder one. So why did they change it? Test audiences. Kölsch explains:

“Everybody liked the original scripted ending. But both endings were tested [with preview audiences] and what came back is [the theatrical ending] was clearer to people and it was what people seemed to resonate with and it left them with fewer questions — I don’t mean questions in a good ambiguity way but questions in that people didn’t understand everything that happened.”

Widmyer added:

“[The alternate ending is] the ending that really should be tested a week after you screen a film when you’ve had more time to sit and process it. The theatrical ending is the big loud slam dunk ending where it goes out on a bang. There’s an immediacy to it that’s satisfying. The [original ending] is haunting, it’s lingering, it stays with you.”

Pet Sematary will release on digitally on June 25th and on Blu-ray/DVD on July 9th.

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